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Dec 16, 2012 8:00am PST
turns out to be wrong. this is a classic example, laura ashburn. how often are journalists' credibility. >> how could you wrongly identify the victim, but, now, i think people believe that this is the way journalism is. they're going to get it wrong and you don't always have to believe everything that a journalist tells you and i think that's sad. >> i don't know, i wrote a column really critical of this. this guy was identified for hours. no one went to try to independently verify the law enforcement official did. >> you accept the notion because somebody reported it and then it changes because this is a moving story this is just the way it is. can we do better? >> of course we can do better. in one part, i agree with lauren about people accepting this more because of all the proliferation of new kinds of media. but, howie, it's awful. you know, they put ryan lanza's picture out there and it was shared on facebook 1,000 times in a minute. it's a nightmare. this guy is sitting on a bus identified as a mass mufrderer for hours. slate said look like that facebook page of ryan lanza we lin
Dec 30, 2012 8:00am PST
panel of media critics. fred francis senior correspondent and founder of laura ashburn editor and steve roberts at the george washington university who spent a couple decades at "new york times." since nothing else came back looking back in our national history and not prosecuting paula broadwell for stalking or anything else. >> we were right after the presidential election, everybody was bored. and this happened during newtown or during the presidential campaign. it would not have been as big a deal. this was a timing issue. >> nothing else going on, remember how, you know, the stakeouts in front of jill kelley's house. >> how do they send 30,000 to 40,000 e-mails. just this nonstop, salacious story. >> yes, but it was great television. sex and espionage and spies. i mean, this was the kardashian of national security. >> that's not a good thing, pal. >> wrong metric. that was the kardashian impression in the worst way. it was to try to get eyeballs and sensationalize the story and good tv and good entertainment is not the same as good information. this was not a high-
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